James Herbert "The Rats, Lair & Domain" Review

1Faithmorgan By 1Faithmorgan, 1st Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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James Herbert, OBE, has over 39 years experience in the writing world. If you asked me what books he had written the first to come to mind would be "The Rats, Liar & Domain". He has ruled the British Horror genre from day one of his career and is still a number one best seller across the world. He continues to supply us hungry readers with creations which capture and enthral you from page one.

In the beginning

In 1974 The Rats was published. (As an avid book lover I am proud to say I have the second version cover which you see here.) I try not to give too much away when writing reviews as I, myself prefer to be surprised and shocked. I feel it would be unfair to take that away from other readers.

The first scene in the book leaves you wondering and curious. It's short and gives nothing away. One of the other first scenes you see in the book is heart wrenching but immediately you want to read on from there to find out what happens next. As the story unfolds you find out various things about the rats and begin to hate them and fear them at the same time.

The author is not afraid to use subjects that were extremely taboo for the seventies but he does it with style and finesse that wraps itself into the tale rather than overpowers it. The hero (I prefer to call him the survivor) of the tale is nothing special. Harris, is not rich, not overly connected or powerful. Harris is an ordinary man who gets caught up in a situation that needs extraordinary thinking and action which he supply's for you.

The ending of the book gives an excellent and believable conclusion but also throws a nice twist that leaves you thirsty for more. Thankfully Sir Herbert saw fit to supply us with the second book "Lair"

How it began

In the second book of this trilogy you find yourself in the greenbelt area of London, which makes sense since this whole tale starts in London.

The tale takes us through fallout and consequences of the previous invasion. It takes us the re-discovery of the rats and continues on a journey which tells us where they originated from. It has moments of shock and moments of realisation and the best thing about this book is that it ties everything together with its predecessor and there is a point in the book where you sit and feel everything click into place.

Although The Rats was a great stand alone book and you were thirsting for more. It leaves you thirsting for more chaos which Lair provides. What it gives you on top of that, is what you think, is an all rounded conclusion to the events. There is another nice twist at the end of the book but overall you think that was a nice conclusion to the tale. That is, until you read Domain and discover that sir James Herbert just took the tale to a whole new level.

Is this the end

Domain is a book that catches you from the start and makes you think wow, what if it did happen? The book is vivid and it has detail so real, it continues to make you dwell on everything as being a possibility in this modern world of warfare.

From page one you are left totally shocked and unprepared for the scenes he unfolds as he describes the thoughts of people in their last moments. You are left cringing as chaos on the streets erupts and when you get past all of that you are left on the edge of your seat, mentally screaming at the character not to go that way.

There are shocks and surprises along the way that leave you in complete awe of his writing skill and creative skill. There is a lot of thought and reflection on your own part when you realise that in this world today that could actually happen and what would you do in that situation.

It is, I think, the book I have most talked about from all of the books I have ever read and it is the book that took my simple "monster under the bed" concept to a brand new level and helped me bridge that gap, helping me to realise that there were things we live with in everyday life that can create horror too.

Food for thought

It sometimes saddens me to see Hollywood remaking every film the can get their hands on except the ones we really want to see. The ones in Niche markets.

Personally, I would absolutely love to see the whole Rat Trilogy done by Hollywood with good special effects and great actors. It could be done easily with today’s technology so why aren't Hollywood picking up the classics of the past and re-making them?

Who else would want to see this? Your thoughts on this would be appreciated.


Herbert, Horror, Horror Genre, Horror Novel, Horror Story, Nuclear Disaster, Rat, Rats, War

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author avatar Mikey.
2nd Jan 2012 (#)

Sounds great and would make a great film series.

Rats in real life are a very intelligent animal.

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
2nd Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks. I wish hollywood would see that. Rats are very intelligent and alot cleaner than people think. I have had many pet rats in my younger years :)

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author avatar Buzz
2nd Jan 2012 (#)

I'll try and see if his book is now available at bookstores. I love horror stories.

Very pleased to meet you 1Faithmorgan. Happy New Year!

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
2nd Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks, Happy new year to you too Buzz.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
2nd Jan 2012 (#)

This is a well rounded review of a suspense filled novel. Thank you

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
2nd Jan 2012 (#)

Wow - thanks Tranquilpen its only the second review I have ever done so really pleased it seems to have worked.

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author avatar Kurt White
7th Apr 2012 (#)

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